Monday, April 18, 2011

Technical News - 18 April 2011

  • Microsoft delivers public beta of its Office 365 cloud bundle
    April 18, 2011
    As rumored last week, Microsoft made available on April 18 a public beta of its Office 365 bundle of Microsoft-hosted applications.
  • Flickr's 'Top Camera' shocker! (No, it's not what you think)
    April 18, 2011
    Over on TechCrunch there's a piece about how the iPhone 4 is set to become the most popular camera on Flickr. MG Siegler calls the rise in popularity of the Apple's latest smartphone 'spectacular'...
  • Demand Media downplays Google algorithm hit, but quarters ahead will tell tale
    April 18, 2011
    Demand Media said its first quarter results remain on track and that its' second quarter page view growth will be on par with a year ago. Demand was countering reports that its eHow site was...
  • Hands-on review: Kodak EasyShare Mini digital camera
    April 18, 2011
    Kodak brought a handful of new compact digital cameras to CES 2011, and one of the tiniest of them all was the EasyShare Mini. Here's the hands-on review.
  • Hands-on review: Microsoft Arc wireless keyboard
    April 18, 2011
    Microsoft's Arc keyboard has been on sale for some time, but here's an additional hands-on review in case you're in the market for a new wireless keyboard.
  • 'Social noise': So many platforms, and too much choice?
    April 18, 2011
    Even with presence technology, it doesn't always show when we are truly available. With so many services, how do we know how to contact one another?
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Part II: Radian6's Coming Out...Again Party
    April 18, 2011
    If I look back on the emergence of the social media market (note I'm not saying Social CRM at this juncture, though we'll get back to it soon), I'd be happy to call Radian6, not the market...
  • Apple slips faster SSD drive from Samsung into its MacBook Airs
    April 18, 2011
    It's a bit ironic that after Samsung releases its competitor to the MacBook Air in the form of the Series 9 notebook, the same company is responsible for giving Apple's ultraportable laptop a bit...
  • Jitterbit 4.0 - self service tools making hybrid clouds work for business analysts
    April 18, 2011
    Helping organizations develop hybrid clouds
  • MobileTechRoundup show #237; Sidekick 4G, Sensation 4G, PlayBook, and Nokia
    April 18, 2011
    In MoTR #237, Kevin and I chatted a bit about the Nokia Astound and T-Mobile Sidekick 4G since we both have them in hand. There were also several other devices covered in this podcast.
  • Wired casts Andy Rubin as a modern Bill Gates in The Android Explosion
    April 18, 2011
    Fred Vogelstein wrote an article for Wired about the Android Explosion which details the scrappy startup's rise to stardom and compares Andy Rubin to a modern-day Bill Gates.
  • Apple Earnings: Expect Another Barn Burner
    April 18, 2011
    A last-minute forecast ahead of Apple’s second quarter earnings report Wenesday, and one that suggests it will be another barn burner.
    With consensus estimates for the quarter hovering around $5.38 earnings-per-share on $23.26 billion in revenue, J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz broke away from the pack, raising his projections on strong iPhone and Mac sales. Come Wednesday, he’s looking for Apple to post an EPS of $5.39 up from $5.21 he’d previously expected. And for revenue he’s looking $24.42 billion, up from an earlier prediction of $23.83 billion.
    Why the 11th hour increase? Though Moskowitz dropped his quarterly estimate for the iPad 2 to 5.4 million from 6 million citing a “temporary stall-out” in shipments, he raised his iPhone projection to 18.4 million from 16.6 million on continuing sales momentum.
    “Our research inputs indicate that iPhone shipments were stronger than expected,” Moskowitz says. “The Verizon launch helped, in addition to broader channel fill related to the GSM model. While investors have been concerned over a quicker plateau effect in the Verizon iPhone demand picture, we think that the quarterly run rate still can be 2 million units or higher. We do not believe sales momentum eased as much as investors have feared exiting the quarter.”

  • S&P cuts U.S. outlook to negative on fiscal worry
    April 18, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Monday downgraded the outlook for the United States to negative, saying it believes there's a risk U.S. policymakers may not reach agreement on how to address the country's long-term fiscal pressures.

  • Citi profit falls 32 percent as bond trading weakens
    April 18, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc's first-quarter profit fell 32 percent as bond trading revenue plunged and operating expenses jumped.

  • Ditch your "Jesus phone"; churches call for screen-free Holy Week
    April 18, 2011
    Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the start of the Christian "Holy Week" leading up to Easter Sunday, and an interfaith group of religious leaders want you to step away from your screens for the next seven days. "How can you hear the voice of God with the TV on so loud?" asks the So We Might See coalition.
    The group, which includes the National Council of Churches, the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, and the Islamic Society of North America, is holding a "media fast" during this Holy Week

  • Rebels say 17 dead as Misrata hit by rockets
    April 18, 2011
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi bombarded Misrata with rockets and artillery Monday and 17 people were killed in the previous day's shelling of the besieged Libyan city, a rebel spokesman said.

  • Home electricity monitor creeps into retail at Lowes
    April 18, 2011
    The PowerCost Monitor, one of the few whole-house electricity monitors available directly to consumers, will now be sold at retail stores, with the data available online through Google or Microsoft.
  • Report: Samsung may sell off hard-drive business
    April 18, 2011
    A new report claims that Samsung is seeking $1.5 billion for its hard-disk-drive operations and wants to use that cash for investments elsewhere.
  • Wind Power Firm Sees No Evidence of Hack
    April 18, 2011
    alphadogg writes "One day after a hacker posted screen shots and data to a hacking mailing list, saying he had broken into a New Mexico wind turbine facility, the company that runs the turbines says it has seen no evidence of a computer intrusion. The hacker, who calls himself Bigr R, made the claims Saturday, posting screenshots of the facility's management interface, screenshots of an FTP server and project management system, as well as Web server info and configuration data from a Cisco router
  • Most Japan voters want new PM, approve quake tax
    April 18, 2011
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Most Japanese want a new prime minister to lead rebuilding after last month's earthquake and tsunami, newspaper polls showed on Monday, as the head of government was again scolded in parliament for his handling of the nuclear crisis that followed.

  • Americans reluctant to share sex and salaries on Web (Reuters)
    April 18, 2011
    Reuters - Although many American workers have embraced social media sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn, they are uncomfortable about sharing information about their sex lives or salaries, according to a new survey.
  • Demand Media downplays Google algorithm hit
    April 18, 2011
    The company says it expects sold page-view performance for the current quarter, but Google's changes are likely to take some time to play out fully.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. targets iPad, Apple in anti-technology rant (Digital Trends)
    April 18, 2011
    Digital Trends - People in government say silly things sometimes. Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. certainly did in a recent presentation he brought before Congress. He, like so many others, takes issue with the level of unemployment in our country and the outsourcing of jobs to foreign nations. While he makes some valid points on the latter in his speech, he builds the entire argument out of a misguided attack on the iPad, Apple and the forward march of technology.
  • Skype for Android Leaks User Data
    April 18, 2011
    Skype has acknowledged a 'privacy vulnerability' in its Skype for Android App that lets criminals gain access to personal information from smartphones

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  • Japan taps US robots for reactor cleanup help (AP)
    April 18, 2011
    In this image released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., a radio-controlled PakBot robot opens a door inside the reactor building of Unit 2 as it is monitored with another Pakbot from behind during inspection of the tsunami-damaged facilities at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Monday, April 18, 2011 in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.) EDITORIAL USE ONLYAP - In this country of break-dancing androids and artificially intelligent pets, nuclear cleanup crews on the tsunami-ravaged northern coast are depending on U.S.-made robots to enter damaged reactor units where it is still too dangerous for humans to tread.


  • Google's Big Android Blunder
    April 18, 2011
    Google won't release Android 3.0, Honeycomb, until it has made it 'better.' This has ticked off pretty much every open-source professional out there

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  • Is Your Antivirus Made By the Chinese Government?
    April 18, 2011
    guanxi writes "Huawei, a large Chinese telecom and IT company with close ties to the Chinese military has faced obstacles doing business in other countries, because governments are concerned about giving them access to critical infrastructure. Huawei Symantec is a joint venture with one of the world's largest IT security companies which sells security products in the US. Would the Chinese or other governments take the opportunity to create back doors into western IT networks? Wouldn't they be crazy
  • Happy Tax Day! Now, where did your tax dollars go?
    April 17, 2011
    Like it or not, Americans have a date with the IRS today. In a few hours, our tax forms will have been sent in... yet most of us will still be left wondering, “How will the government spend our money?”

    In February, we launched the Data Viz Challenge to answer that very question. The challenge was a five-week competition that asked developers to visualize how our federal income tax dollars are spent. We received more than 40 thought-provoking entries that each take a unique approach to making
  • LinkedIn: Friend or Glorified Recruitment Tool?
    April 18, 2011
    With a worldwide user base of 100 million people, LinkedIn has some credence in its claims of being the world's largest professional network.

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  • 20nm Flash Chip Means More Mobile-device Features, Smaller SSDs
    April 18, 2011
    Intel and Micron announced they have almost halved the size of their NAND flash circuitry, which will open up space in end products.

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  • Foam Alone: Do Furniture Flame Retardants Save Enough Lives to Justify Their Environmental Damage?
    April 18, 2011
    Legislation on California state Sen. Mark Leno's desk has the potential to affect every household in the U.S.
    If Leno has his way, the state's textile and furniture manufacturers, and thus probably all such makers in the U.S., will drastically alter the amount of flame retardant carried in almost every sofa, love seat and easy chair in the country.
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  • Microsoft co-founder talks Bill Gates, chemo
    April 18, 2011
    The United States must do a better job of educating its young people in science and technology if we're going to compete with China and India over the next century, according to Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and an American computer pioneer.

  • Philips CEO switches off TV in search for profit
    April 18, 2011
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips is hiving off its once leading television business, the first step by new chief executive Frans van Houten to boost flagging profit at Europe's biggest consumer electronics maker.

  • Google Rebuts Anti-competition Claim in South Korea
    April 18, 2011
    Google brushed aside an anti-competition claim in South Korea on Monday, saying mobile carriers and phone manufacturers (OEMs) can decide what to install on the...

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  • In the beginning: Linux circa 1991
    April 17, 2011
    ZDNet's 20th anniversary: Today, Linux is everywhere: In your Android smartphone, most of your favorite Website's servers, and in your DVRs and other home electronics. In 1991, it was just an idea...
  • How to publish news online (in 1,991 easy steps)
    April 17, 2011
    ZDNet's 20th anniversary: Scot Hacker describes what editorial copy flow was like at the very beginning of online publishing.
  • Meizu MX to have 4-inch Display, HDMI Out
    April 18, 2011
    Will run Android OS and is expected to arrive by year-end



  • Indian Govt Debars Nokia's Push Email Service
    April 18, 2011
    Orders mobile providers to ban push mail services till Nokia conforms to security requirements



  • My 10 favorite computer games from 1991
    April 17, 2011
    ZDNet's 20th anniversary: two decades ago, gaming was still in full swing. Here are 10 of my favorites from 1991.
  • Top 10 tech developments of 1991
    April 17, 2011
    ZDNet's 20th anniversary: I was only 17 back in 1991, so my recollection of tech from that time is somewhat hazy, but thanks to the marvels of modern technology and the collective intelligence...
  • Testing Google's Panda algorithm: CNET analysis
    April 18, 2011
    CNET evaluates nearly 100,000 search results to learn which Web sites are the winners and losers after Google's latest changes to its algorithm.
  • Cirque du Soleil goes 3D with James Cameron (Q&A)
    April 18, 2011
    Cirque CEO Daniel Lamarre is touring the world, making sure each of the company's 22 shows is running smoothly. CNET flagged him down to talk about a forthcoming movie project with the creator of "Avatar."
  • Microsoft takes patent battle to Supreme Court
    April 18, 2011
    The software giant has one last shot to overturn a jury verdict in favor of i4i and potentially rewrite patent law in the process.
  • Facebook: Liked to death
    April 18, 2011
    Marketers are trying to co-opt Facebook's "Like" button, and they're driving down its value.
  • In 1991, software was a toddler
    April 17, 2011
    ZDNet's 20th anniversary: Paula Rooney looks back on what was hot and what wasn't in 1991.

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